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See All State Songs - National Anthem.

My Homeland, Tennessee

Words by Nell Grayson Taylor - music by Roy Lamont Smith

My Homeland, Tennessee by Nell Grayson Taylor & Roy Lamont Smith was adopted as Tennessee state song in 1925.

FIRST VERSE

O Tennessee, that gave us birth,
To thee our hearts bow down.
For thee our love and loyalty
Shall weave a fadeless crown.
Thy purple hills our cradle was:
Thy fields our mother breast
Beneath thy sunny bended skies,
Our childhood days were blessed.

SECOND VERSE

‘Twas long ago our fathers came,
A free and noble band,
Across the mountain’s frowning heights
To seek a promised land.
And here before their raptured eyes;
In beauteous majesty:
Outspread the smiling valleys
Of the winding Tennessee.

THIRD VERSE

‘Could we forget our heritage
Of heroes strong and brave?
Could we do aught but cherish it,
Unsullied to the grave?
Ah no! the State where Jackson sleeps,
Shall ever peerless be.
We glory in thy majesty:
Our homeland, Tennessee.

CHORUS

O Tennessee: Fair Tennessee:
Our love for thee can never die:
Dear Homeland Tennessee.

Source:
Tennessee Symbols: Tennessee Blue Book (PDF)
Links:
List of all Tennessee state songs
All State Songs - National Anthem

    

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